Being out of work and struggling to find a job can be really frustrating. If you’re long-term unemployed, then it can also feel depressing and sometimes even soul-destroying. It can seem like you’re never going to get off that unemployment roller coaster and find gainful employment.
Finding a job is possible though, and we’ll look at some tips in this article to help you get back into the workforce and earning a living.
Spread the Word On Social Media
The internet is such a powerful tool at everyone’s disposal and job seekers should take full advantage of their social media channels to spread the word.
If you’re out of work, chances are you’ve developed social media networks and contacts. Start posting on your channels, explaining your situation, that you’re looking for work, what skills and experience you have and what types of jobs you may be looking for.
The other cool thing about the internet is coverage. Even if someone directly in your circle doesn’t know of any job openings, they may know somebody else who does.
You might discover that all you need to do to find a job is simply spread the word on social media. After all, it’s often who you know and not always what you know that leads to success.
Seek Professional Assistance
One of the most effective things you can do if you want to find a job is to seek the help of professional employment services and employment agencies. Whether these are private companies or ones that are government-funded, the idea is to give you every advantage of being matched with the right employer and job role.
If you’re receiving a government benefit, you’ll likely be eligible for assistance from a Jobactive provider. They can provide training to improve your chances of finding employment, as well as offering assistance on practically every level to help you get back into the workforce.
To build your confidence, skills and get the help you need, it’s well worth your while to team up with an employment agency.
Do a Course To Improve Your Skills
It doesn’t need to be an expensive university degree. There are loads of TAFE courses and various online courses that are affordable and flexible when it comes to your time. First think about the types of jobs you’d like to go after, then undertake study courses that will improve your chances of landing your desired job roles.
It’s a competitive world out there when it comes to employment prospects, so you’ll want to give yourself every advantage you can think of, and improving your skillset is definitely an advantage over the competition.
Don’t Be Too Fussy
While you may want to find the ideal job right off the bat, it’s not wise to be too fussy. If you’re out of work, you’ll be needing to earn some income, so any job you can find will cover that need. Once the income pressure is off, then you’ll be more relaxed when it comes to seeking out a position you really desire. You’ll also have more funds available to undertake a part-time course online.
Another thing to consider is that sometimes it’s easier to find a job when you already have a job. To future employers, you appear more stable and less desperate to land a job. Potential employers also feel more confident that you’re a good and reliable worker if you’re already employed.
Take any job at first and use it as a confidence booster and stepping stone towards the job you really want.
Keep Your Resume and Documents Up To Date
You’ll want to have everything up to date and ready to go should you happen to find a position you want to apply for. Timing can be everything when it comes to getting a job, so make sure your resume and associated documents (such as references) are all ready to go at a moment’s notice. You’ll be able to apply instantly if this is the case.
There are proactive things you can be doing to get back into the workforce. Improve your skills, be positive and seek professional assistance if you need to.